ABOUT ROQUETTE


ROQUETTE is a boutique events company owned by Leisah Swenson & Monica Byrne based in Red Hook Brooklyn & Hudson, NY.

We combine Monica’s years of experience first as a floral designer and stylist, and later as a chef, with Leisah’s extensive background in theatre and live performance production to create extraordinary events that are elegant, beautiful, warm and inviting.

Together we are:

Home/Made food & wine: a Red Hook, Brooklyn pioneer, serving wonderful food in a setting more living room than restaurant, now brings it’s beautiful charm to Hudson, NY at Home/Made Hudson.

Atelier Roquette: our Red Hook warehouse loft, available for special events, weddings, photo shoots, and other creative endeavors.

Roquette is our boutique full service catering, event design and planning agency, creating everything from intimate dinners for 10 to weddings for 250, and benefits for more!

Monica grew up in Tribeca, before there was a grocery store, so her mother, Dona, used the Union Square Farmer’s Market as her place to stock the refrigerator. Before the grocery stores came, wonderful restaurants opened up, so it was either fresh market food and cooking at home for guests, or wonderful samplings of local restaurants to eat at on a regular basis. Eating this way growing up informed Monica’s sensibilities about food, and helps to explain why she’s incapable of making a simple dinner for 2!

Our food and our design is rustic and elegant, inspired by the European traditions of fresh markets, and seasonal foods and flowers. Exquisite elements in simple lush arrangements. We are lucky to live in a time when there is such an emphasis on fresh and local food, and wild creativity.

ROQUETTE CATERING & special event design: 

Our Process:

Each of our events is custom designed. As such we create our quotes in an itemized manner for maximum transparency and clarity about what an event costs, and why.

Each quote consists of the following separate elements: Food, Bar & Bar Mixers, Labor, Rentals, Flowers & Décor, and Event Planning.

FOOD:

When planning a menu, our process is collaborative. We ask our clients to create a list of foods they love, and foods they hate. We take the list, combine it with what we know about the occasion, venue (cooking facilities), time of year, what’s lovely in the market, what translates well to serve a crowd, as well as budget information. We throw it all in the hopper and come up with a suggested menu. We send it to our client for feedback, and between us make the changes needed to create the perfect personal menu for our client’s event.

Full Service off premises food costs start at 60.00/person. 

Plattered events for delivery or pick up start at 35.00/person. (Cheese Platters, Cocktail Food, Photo Shoots, Meetings, Breakfasts & Lunches…)

In House events start at: 

50.00/person for Brunch

60.00/person for Cocktail parties

85.00/ person for Seated Dinners

Weddings start at 85.00 for cocktail style, and 125.00 for seated dinner. (weddings are 5-6 hours long, and thus require quite a bit more in food & labor.)

BAR:

Bar can be handled many different ways. 

We can provide full bar or our clients can supply their own alcohol (at off premises events. On our premises, all alcohol must be handled by us, in-house.) 

We do however, always provide the mixers, soft drinks, and ice for our bars. 

We pride ourselves on fresh squeezed juices, fruits and garnishes, beautifully presented.

No outside alcohol is permitted for events at our restaurant, Home/Made, or our event space, Atelier Roquette. Clients supplying their own liquor must secure a day permit from NYSLA, in addition to Liquor Liability insurance. MIXERS: 10.00/person

LABOR:

For our full service events we have a wonderful group of talent we draw on, some have been with us for years, others for months, we are constantly adding people as others move on to their chosen professions. Some we are lucky to say keep coming back whenever they find themselves in NY. Most of our team come through the recommendation of one another, and as a result we have a warm tight knit group who work really well with one another, and truly enjoy being your hosts, making your guests feel warmly welcome and comfortable.

Events require a good deal of labor. We are in most cases, building a space from scratch for the day, doing the actual event, and then taking it all apart again at the end. So our day is often much longer than clients imagine it might be. In our case our labor is generally doing all the design and floral work too, so that’s labor that might normally occur in 2 different line items from 2 different vendors. Our average day is between 10-14 hours long for most our staff. The average wedding is 5-6 hours long, so even at 12 hours, that’s still only 4 hours to set it all up, and 2 to take it apart, clean up and load out again.

Our labor rate is 45.00/hour per team member, and 75.00/hour Front of House Captain/ Manager and Chef.

We generally use a ratio of approximately ratio of 1 staff member to 10 guests. (Usually 15 for 150 person event, 12 for a 100 person event, 10 for up to 75 guests, adjusted depending on the exact needs of the event.) Labor fees cover labor used on the day of the event only. Labor before and after the event are covered by our administrative fee.

RENTALS:

For most empty venue events, (which is to say most of the interesting and eclectic spaces we end up working!) every item from chairs to spoons and forks need to be brought in from a rental company. Depending on the venue, that list may also include tents, kitchen equipment, Lighting and Restroom Trailers.  We’ve worked places where we’ve brought in everything from electricity to running water….

Rentals are probably the biggest hidden expense in creating a special event from scratch, but they are also what allow you to create something unique and individual, not cookie cutter or generic.

Each item on it’s own is not necessarily cost prohibitive, the challenge comes in adding it all up.  

For example, glassware: For a 100 person event you don’t need 100 glasses, you need approximately one glass per guest per hour of the event. So in a wedding, you need at least 600 glasses, more if you want a full bar with a variety of different glasses, then it can be up to 900 or 1,000 glasses to guarantee you have enough on hand.   So a glass that rents for .80-1.20/piece means around 750-1500. in glassware alone.

We work with several reputable NY rental companies, primarily Broadway Party Rentals.

In addition, we have a smaller collection of in house rentals we have accumulated over the years, which is also available: Glassware, Dishes, Platters, Slate & Wood Boards, Vases, Props, Lounge & Living Room Furniture, Linens and one of a kind items, other random artful objects!

Rentals Pricing varies from event to event depending on the specific needs, however, we have prepared a matrix of the basic (tasteful) needed rentals to produce a cocktail, family style or plated dinner reception to give you a grounded realistic estimate of rental needs and costs.

FLOWERS & DESIGN:

Monica started her career as a floral designer, which led to photo styling, which led to culinary school. We love to create a complete event, designing all the elements to go together organically from food to flowers to furniture. Our design aesthetic is rustic elegance, lush abundance, with touches of whimsy, but never overly fussy. We appreciate juxtapositions of clean modern elements and lush overflowing greenery. Our approach is a holistic one, we love every detail of our events to flow together seamlessly, the food, the flowers, the design and overall ambience. We can provide every detail from bouquets to vintage props, linens & candles.

Pricing for design services varies widely depending on needs, but our average design budgets range from 4,500.00. - 10,000.00

FULL SERVICE EVENT PLANNING: 

For years we have produced events combining venue, design, flowers, rentals and catering, and labor.

Now we have so many clients planning their upstate events remotely, we have officially added full service event planning to our umbrella, and in addition to the above services, we are now able to assist you in any / all aspects of your event planning from vendor research and referral (Tents, Transportation, Lodging, Stationary / Invitations,Hair and Make Up, Photography, Music, Power, Restroom Trailers, and anything else you might need not included, in above services.), Contract Negotiation and / or Review, Logistic Coordination and Management, Day of Coordination.

Rates for Full Service Event Planning vary depending on needs: Pre Wedding planning: 75.00/ hour

Day of Coordination: 2,000.00

Full Event Planning Packages available based on services needed to be discussed in initial consult.


ADMINISTRATION FEE:

We charge a 20% Administrative fee to cover our planning costs, administrative costs, pre and post event labor.

What is this and why?

This fee covers all of the planning that goes into creating your event, including correspondence, meetings, event design and menu creation, staff training, checklists, sourcing of product, specialty items, calculating rentals, placing orders, liaising with venue and other vendors as needed, literally everything except  the actual day of event labor & food cost. Events like these require a lot of advance planning and work. Trust us, you don’t want us to just start working on your event the day of, and see how it turns out, you want us working in advance to make sure it all comes together beautifully. You also don’t want to be billed hourly for the team’s efforts leading up to the event, that would become very expensive quickly! (This fee applies to our in house services: catering, design, rentals, labor. It does not apply to “Event Planning Services” as described above. Those items are billed for separately as described, and not subject to additional fees.)

GRATUITIES:

We do not assess a gratuity, nor is our administrative fee a gratuity. We believe in making sure the team is paid a good rate, any additional gratuity is at the sole discretion of the client, and is in no way required. 

However, if a client does decide to thank the team with an extra acknowledgement, we will happily make certain it is fairly distributed amongst the entire team, allowing us to include the “behind the scenes” staff, who work hard to produce your event, handling everything from moving furniture to hauling garbage and washing dishes. These people are the unsung heroes of special events who make it all possible, even if they never meet the client.

Fee Summary:

FOOD:

Full Service off premises food costs start at 60.00/person. 

Plattered events for delivery or pick up start at 35.00/person. 

In House events start at: 

50.00/person for Brunch

60.00/person for Cocktail parties

85.00/ person for Seated Dinners

Weddings start at 85.00 for cocktail style, and 125.00 for seated dinner. (weddings are 5-6 hours long, and thus require quite a bit more in food & labor.)

BEVERAGE:

Mixers / Ice / Soft Drinks: 10.00/person

Beer and Wine: 40.00/ person 3.5 hours 45.00/ person 4.5 hours

To include, Red White, Rose & Sparkling, as well as Craft Beers of our choosing:

Clients Choice from our List:

by the bottle consumption based

Full Open Bar: 50.00/ person 3.5 hours 55.00/ person 4.5 hours

To include Premium & Craft Liquors,wine, draft and bottled beer:

*Included in this package is the option to create a signature cocktail for your event.


Labor: 45.00/ hour per floor staff member

75.00/ hour per Chef & Captain

Rentals: Varies, see attached matrix for estimates


Flowers & Design:

Average 4,500.00 – 8,500.00 for Weddings 

Smaller events depend on specific needs.

Service Fee: 20% applicable to in house services: Catering, Floral and Design, Labor and Rentals. Not applicable to Event Planning / Coordination Services.

Event Planning / Coordination Services: From 75.00/ hour pre wedding planning.

From 2,000. For “Day Of” Coordination.

Full Event Planning Packages  AQ.

Every event is different, with different choices and components, so we do not do flat per person quotes, but on average, most of our custom designed weddings end up costing between 350.00 – 450.00/ person when including all the elements, from food to labor to rentals etc. We have also created a special package for clients who love our style and want something a little simpler.

See our images on instagram: @homemadehudson & #AtelierRoquette